Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Kani-basami (Scissors throw)

Kani-basami (Scissors throw)


This is a prohibited Waza.

Features of this Waza

The Kani-basami (Scissors throw) consists of scissoring the opponent's upper body between your legs and toppling him in the backward direction.

Waza details

Positioned beside Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack), Tori (Player executing technique) grasps the back of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) collar with his Tsurite (Lifting hand). While supporting himself by placing his Hiki-te (Tsurite [Lifting hand]) against the floor, Tori (Player executing technique) raises both legs and scissors Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) upper body with them.
In this "scissors" posture, one of Tori (Player executing technique) legs is positioned behind Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) knees, and the other leg is at Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) abdominal area. Tori (Player executing technique) then twists his waist to rotate both is legs in the backward direction, and topples Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) in that direction. Tori (Player executing technique) performs this leg reap while pulling Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) backward with his Tsurite (Lifting hand).
Due to the force of the fall which this Waza produces, and due to the high risk of strong back-of-the-head impacts against the floor which could even result in death, this is a prohibited Waza. The four Waza which are currently prohibited by the international rules are the Kani-basami (Scissors throw), Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock), Do-jime (Body scissors), and the Kawazu-gake (One-leg entanglement drop).